‘Mixtape’ Is One Of The Best Hip Hop Documentaries Of All Time

‘Mixtape’ Is One Of The Best Hip Hop Documentaries Of All Time

“The smooth criminal on beat breaks / Never put me in your box if your shit eats tapes,” rapped Nas on his 1994 classic “N.Y. State of Mind.” Like other underground genres that hit their stride in the previous decade, hip hop relied on low budget cassette tapes to spread its message, infecting young listeners like a virus. Evolving from amateur live recordings to professionally-produced CD compilations, the “mixtape” soon became a pillar of hip hop culture, showcasing both emerging and established artists. Predictably, when the music industry finally caught up with what was happening out on the streets, it quickly ruined everything.

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If You Only Watch One ‘Hip-Hop 50’ Documentary, Make It ‘Mixtape’

If You Only Watch One ‘Hip-Hop 50’ Documentary, Make It ‘Mixtape’

It’s no secret that there are a lot of hip-hop documentaries. As the first genre to really break in an era where it could be widely documented in real time by camcorders, tape recorders, and eventually, film crews paid by artists and their labels, it’s kind of inevitable that there’d be so many movies about its foundations and growth. Unfortunately, because it’s all so well-covered already, it can feel at times like there’s so much overlap between the events and figures being cited that nothing new or worthwhile is really being unearthed — especially for fans who’ve voraciously consumed all these histories in an effort to learn everything there is know about hip-hop.

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Nominated for 4 Emmys

Nominated for 4 Emmys

The Chief Who Walked The Sea (NFL) has been nominated for four Emmys including Outstanding short and Outstanding design.

The tale of the tapes with Omar Acosta

The tale of the tapes with Omar Acosta

Really enjoyed my chat with Omar Acosta - if you don't know, his new documentary Mixtape is streaming on Paramount+...it's a beautifully crafted look at the history of mixtapes, from being a vehicle for DJs to establish their own celebrity, into being a format hated by the business but loved by rappers as a vehicle to shape their careers. This features legendary DJs like Kid Capri, Ron G, Doo Wop, Drama and many more, with insight from everyone from Dante Ross to Shaquille O'Neal to 50 Cent.

It was great to get into Omar's historic relationship with mixtapes as well as the broader hip hop culture, and his journey through art school and art direction into creative and visual storytelling.

Have a listen, and get your 7 day free trial on Paramount+ if you need, it's really worth a watch.

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Interview With Director Omar Acosta & Producer Tony Touch | MIXTAPE | 2023

Interview With Director Omar Acosta & Producer Tony Touch | MIXTAPE | 2023

On this SPECIAL EDITION of The Movie Podcast, Daniel and Shahbaz are joined by DIRECTOR OMAR ACOSTA & PRODUCER TONY TOUCH, the creators behind the documentary MIXTAPE on Paramount Plus. MIXTAPE is the story of hip hop refusing to take no for an answer. Before radio play, the internet, and social media, there were mixtapes. DJs were tastemakers, trendsetters and creators of the sound that became the biggest musical genre on the planet. The importance of mixtapes goes well beyond the tapes themselves. Mixtapes were a form of currency and a signifier that someone was “in the know” and had their ear to the streets. The culture was too strong to be stopped, and the artists were too talented to be ignored – so they turned the sub-culture into the mainstream, and made hip hop what it is today. MIXTAPE is currently streaming on @paramountplus

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Mixtape is now on Paramount+

Mixtape is now on Paramount+

MIXTAPE is the story of hip hop refusing to take no for an answer. Before radio play, the internet, and social media, there were mixtapes. DJs were tastemakers, trendsetters and creators of the sound that became the biggest musical genre on the planet. The importance of mixtapes goes well beyond the tapes themselves. Mixtapes were a form of currency and a signifier that someone was “in the know” and had their ear to the streets. The culture was too strong to be stopped, and the artists were too talented to be ignored – so they turned the sub-culture into the mainstream, and made hip hop what it is today.

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Hot 97: Mixtape The Movie - A History Of Hip Hop

Hot 97: Mixtape The Movie - A History Of Hip Hop

This film is a must-watch for real fans of hip-hop history. Artists from the mixtape era including DJ Drama, DJ Whoo Kid, Mister Cee, and Tony Touch take you through the creation and popularization of “mixtapes.” Answering the question “what is a mixtape?” is a primary theme throughout the documentary. Commentators walk the audience through the evolution of mixtapes from recording live events to selling bootleg tapes swiped from recording executives and even into the age of the internet where the term became less definable.

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Omar Acosta x Bobbito Garcia Collaborate Once Again. "Superior" Tees & Hoodie Now Exclusively @ B-Ball Junkies!

Omar Acosta x Bobbito Garcia Collaborate Once Again. "Superior" Tees & Hoodie Now Exclusively @ B-Ball Junkies!

Designed to salute working class people of the Puerto Rican diaspora with a touch of b-ball style. Superior line consist of six fictional basketball teams celebrating Boricua culture.

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VIBE: ‘Mixtape: The Movie’ Documentary Examines The History Of Mixtape Culture

VIBE: ‘Mixtape: The Movie’ Documentary Examines The History Of Mixtape Culture

The trailer for the forthcoming documentary, Mixtape: The Movie, which covers the history and impact of the mixtape within Hip-Hop culture, has been released.

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